Opossums are very similar to raccoons. They leave damage to exterior entry points, and their droppings are of a similar size. As they can be difficult to differentiate, and we trap them with the same methods, if there is any doubt be vague with your customer and let them know we could be dealing with either species.
Opossums (more commonly called Possums) can be a big problem around the house, especially for the family pets. Dog and cat food left outdoors can make for a battle zone between your pet and the opossum.
Central Florida opossums carry a variety of ectoparasites such as fleas, ticks, mites, and lice that may also bite humans. Fleas are very common on opossums, and flea eggs and larva are shed in areas frequented by opossums. Other diseases opossums may carry include tularemia, salmonella, toxoplasmosis, and coccidiosis. Infected animals may transmit Leptospirosis to humans and other animals through their urine and feces. Rabies is rare in opossums. Pets, horses, and other wildlife are also at risk for disease infection associated with opossums.
If you are experiencing problems with opossum infestation, we can help you. The staff of Animal Control Management will remove the opossum, biologically treat your attic for fecal and urine matter, and repair the entry points so that the problem will not reoccur.